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Nut Brown Ale - St. George Brewing Company, The

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Nut Brown AleNut Brown Ale

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 94
Avg: 3.48
pDev: 18.1%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
St. George Brewing Company, The visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: asabreed on 01-14-2006

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Reviews: 51 | Hads: 94
Photo of Brutaltruth
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle from my Dr. friend. Thanks Chris!
The nut brown pours a light amber color (?) in a pint glass with a moderate head of white foam that settles to a thick pool, thick ring, and nice lacing. Nose of walnuts, subtle brown sugars, and little else. Flavors follow the nose with nutty flavors featuring walnuts and a touch of sweet brown sugar that fades in the back to a subtly sweet aftertaste that ends subtly bitter from the malt and a touch of hops. Good carbonation but the finish is somewhat watery. Good for a session, but NOT a nut brown and not on my list to try again.


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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.59/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a dark copper color...but not that dark. By brown ale standards, this is fairly light (though it's on par with Newcastle Brown). The head is off-white in shade and a finger high. It has a soft texture, but underwhelming retention. On the other hand, a nice ring of lacing sticks to the glass. (3.75)

Smell: Certainly, it's nutty. I get a strong walnut component throughout. Problem is, that's all there really is to it. I don't pick up much in the way of nuanced milk chocolate, caramel, or brown sugar. All told, it's a bit underwhelming aromatically. (2.75)

Taste: Again, blandness pervades throughout. A touch of nut flavor opens it up, while the finish is generically tangy. This is literally all I get. Okay, I lied: it's also a touch vegetal at times. Brown ales get a lot of crap for being bland - well, this beer is a microcosm of why the style is disliked by beer geeks. Just bland, bland, bland, and bland. (2.25)

Mouthfeel: Fairly light and crisp for a brown ale. It also has powerful carbonation (maybe slightly too powerful?) and good attenuation. So it should be drinkable, right? The problem is, the flavor is so bland I don't feel the desire to drink it vigorously. Ah well. (3)

Overall: This is a very dull and boring brown ale. I've liked the other two beers I've had from St. George so far, unfortunately this is a misfire. At least it's decently drinkable - otherwise, I would have grilled this beer to hell and back. Still, I won't ever search this out again. (2.5)

2.59/5: First miss from St. George

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.02/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a crystal clear, caramel coloring with a tall, chunky, foamy, off white head with a decent lacing left on the glass. Aromas of subtle sweet caramel and toffee, nutty highlights, and not much else. Fairly lackluster nose. Flavors are tangy sweet forward, sugary and slightly roasted, with notes of caramel and nut. Light bodied, almost watery, with the sugary sweet notes going into the aftertaste. The finish has the same sweet linger, now cloying, on an otherwise effervesced, light ending. Meh.

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Photo of slusk
2.92/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: pours a light copper with a decent white head that fades fairly quickly. good lacing

S: Not much aroma, some caramel. A bit of bread crust. Some woody hops.

T: A bit of weak caramel, nothing strong. Graham cracker and orange peel. Low bitterness and faint woody hop flavor. Starts a little sweet but finishes dry with a tiny bit of bread crust. Nutty flavor shows up after it warms a bit. Has a flavor of chewing on fresh English malt kernels.

M: Low carbonation, a fair amount of astringency. A bit puckering and thin bodied.

O: Not my favorite example of an English brown. A little too thin, more like an American amber without the hops. In fact if you dry hopped some cascade, this might make a decent amber. Needs a bit more malt flavor, more caramel and a bit more body would make this beer better. Otherwise it's solid, just not a standout for me.

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Photo of sdsimkins
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been wanting to try this ever since I caught a smell of a remaining drop in a family growler.

A - Very interesting, pours to a dark golden color, not the brown I was suspecting. Barely any head, just a faint white ring

S - Hard to place, lots of nuts and caramel, but also faint fruits

T - Even more interesting, the nuts and slight caramel are there, hops are oddly in the front and very faint, has that roasted malt to it but also more of an IPA style as a whole.

M - Fairly syrupy, a little carbonation but not a whole lot

O - Overall its a fairly complex beer, not quite what I was expecting from a brown ale. It's also pretty light. Nothing too crazy but something I would definitely have again.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a mostly clear amber/brown color with a half inch off-white head that went away quickly. There's a small amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is bready malt, toffee, nuts and some herbal hops. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's the addition of some honey. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. I think this is a solid brew, it's worth trying.

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Photo of TechTriumph
3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes on 02/28/12:
No freshness date; Poured in a pint glass.

A - Half inch off-white creamy head that disappears fairly quickly; Mostly clear appearance with visible carbonation; Brown tinted amber in color; Minimal lacing left behind

S - Notes of earthy, woody, nutty, toasty, biscuity, herbal/spicy hops, and faint smokey characteristics as well

T - Pleasant toasty, nutty, biscuity, and earthy flavors present that's also accompanied by just a bit of chocolatey and buttery qualities; Some herbal/spicy hops are present, but they're not as pronounced as the nose; Just a small amount of bitterness for the first half of the taste; Pleasant flavors of nuts and buttered toast linger

M - Good bit of carbonation; Medium bodied; Fairly drying and a bit syrupy in the finish

O - St. George has done a pretty good job with this offering. The taste is the strongest point of the beer with a nice depth of pleasant flavors that don't lose your interest. In addition, there's a nice level of drinkability with this brew, making it one that I'll certainly visit again.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4.09/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice amber color, with a fast-fading head and minimal lacing.

S: Really nice! Floral notes hit strong with the first whiff, then bready malts, and finally faint,citrussy hops.

T: Not complex, but nicely balanced with slightly-sweet, bready flavors, and a full (but not overpowering) hops finish.

M: Decent crispness. Like most from St. George, it could use a boost in the carbonation (which would help the development of a nice head, too).

O: An enjoyable English ale, although pretty straightforward. It paired nicely with fried flounder, but would have been fine on its own.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.76/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in large (22-oz.) glass stein

A: carbonation was overpowering, flowing over the sides (but I'm not complaining); cloudy dark yellow; huge head; nice lacing
S: decent, malty smell; pretty light
T: butter, malt, pumpkin, caramel; low hops; medium complexity; bitter aftertaste

Watch for volcano works!

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Photo of rfgetz
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear coppery amber, little splashes of creamy white head. Scent mild with very light touches of roasted nuts', caramel and earthy hops. Taste and mouthfeel are light, thin and somewhat water - light caramel, nuts and earthy hops, some damp grain comes through in the end. More then moderate amounts of carbonation. Light and clean, not what is really desired from style.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.71/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a white wine glass (that's all that was available) at The Cheese Shop in Williamsburg.

A: 3.5
S: 2.5
T: 3.0
M: 2.0
D: 2.5

Super clear amber color. Little head. Weak grainy nose. Weak grainy taste with just a touch of nuttiness. Light and underbodied. Good moderate carbonation. Drinks like water.

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Photo of SuperSpy
3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a watered down, very clear brown. It looks a lot like the color of iced tea. There is a one-finger head that dies too fast and leaves no lace.

The aroma has some nutty malt and a hint of earthy hops.

A little light on the mouthfeel. It's on the light side of medium. A bit watered down but there is some good nutty flavor, mildly sweet toffy and a good earthy hop balance. A beer I wouldn't turn down but also wouldn't seek out.

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Photo of ebby82
3.06/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light brown into a pint glass.

A- Slight presence of malt, slight presence of hops, but not a whole lot of aroma either way.

T- mild hops, barely discernible malts.

M- Very light on the palate, medium carbonation and not much viscosity.

O- I prefer the regular brown ale, although in terms of drinkability, this beer is so light that it could be drank during any season. No one of St. George's standouts, but certainly not a disappointment.

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Photo of engagechad
2.96/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased in a Dragon Pack from World Market in Charlottesville, VA - tulip - no freshness

Pours a really watery amber color with little head which is soapy and diminishing fast. Smells okay, kinda nutty and roasty. Tastes okay, malty and sweet. Feels kind of thing but not bad.

Over all this beer is forgettable and not at all brown.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (no date anywhere on bottle) poured into a Shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a clear brown with orange highlights - more coppery (tarnished copper) when held up to the light with some very tiny bubbles moving up through the beer. The head after a vigorous pour was an off-white in color, about 1/4" thick, but this died down to just about nothing - a thin ring around the edge. Some persistent lacing when cold, but as it warmed up that all disappeared as well.

Smell: When first poured, a bit metallic, but as it warmed up, it took on more of a cooked veggie smell with something with a very light metallic smell again. Not very appealing sadly.

Taste: Toasted malt right up front moving into a hint of caramel sweetness before a sharp English bitter flavor finishes up. Although sometimes the bitter finish takes on some pine flavors in some swallows, but not all of them. Also, some honey-like flavors show up along with more-pronounced malts with a deeper drink and swallow rather than a sip. Simple in flavor with a bit more of a balance to the bitter side. Got better by the end of the glass when it was quite warm, which tells me this is one of those 60+ F beers where the flavor really comes out.

Mouthfeel: Some carbonation on the tongue - more than a typical English ale. Beer is otherwise just thicker than water.

Overall / Drinkability: This one grew on me by the end of the glass, which also tells me that it needs to be pretty warm for me to like it, which may the sign that it's well within the English style. But - the smell still isn't that great and I've had better nut brown ales. I had this party with a meal (Welsh Rabbit) but also by itself, and I think it was better with the meal. I didn't last too long so it's certainly an okay beer, just not an outstanding one.

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Photo of merlin48
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another bottle from the Dragon Pack sampler, this "brown" ale pours a clear amber body with a tall ecru hued head. Good retention and some patchy lacing.

Aroma features citrusy hops, caramel, and a hint of nuttiness after it warms a bit.

Unremarkable medium body and carbonation.

Taste has caramel, toffee, and a citrusy hop bitterness that is more orange than grapefruit. A note of toasted almonds is the only trait that suggests a brown ale.

A solid drinker but more of an amber than a brown ale.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Again...why am I awake? Ahem. This beer pours a clear copper-amber topped by a healthy ecru froth. The nose comprises orange peel and fluffy toffee. It's insanely simple, but also pretty good. The taste echoes the smell, with a firm haymaker of hoppy citrus being backed by a rather sweet bit o' toffee and caramel. Frankly, this seems closer to a standard pale ale than a brown, but I guess this is slightly maltier... I dunno. The body is a solid medium, with a heavy-ish moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, not a bad brew, but not as "brown" as I'd like. If that makes any sense.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.19/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Slightly opaque golden brown beer with almost no head, no visible carbonation. Smell is a pleasant heavy bready smell with some tea in the background.

Taste is somewhat watery and bland, sweetish tea with yeasty bread. Aftertaste is a medium bitterness which is not bad.

Mouthfeel is flat and boring. Drinkable, but not an exciting beer.

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Photo of ElGeordie
4.08/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Also known as Tavern Ale.
We discovered this at a beer fest a few years ago. Or rather my wife did - she decided early on that this was the best beer there (she was right too.) and kept going back for more samples - eschewing everything else at the event.
Anyway, since then this has been a staple at our home bar (she who must be obeyed...) We get through about 5 x 1/2 barrels a year.
Personally I prefer St George IPA and Porter (The winter stout is incredible too) but the Nut Brown / Tavern Ale is our session beer.
It pours a rich brown colour with an off white creamy head that stays to the bottom of the glass. It has a very English malt flavour with a nice mild hop finish. A very satisfying drinkable beer.
My wife used to be a lager drinker but this is her favourite beer now (she does drink milk stouts occasionally too - so her beer education is coming along well)

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another thank you to chaz over on realbeer for this one. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my nonic Imperial pint glass. Appears a clear deep chestnut color with about an inch of light ecru foam. Nose and flavor are of medium toasted grains, bread, hazelnuts, cocoa powder, mild bitter hops. Decent body, a bit dry in the finish, with ample carbonation. Overall, a tasty brown ale that's worth your time.

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Photo of likethetaste
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this in dragon variety pack at Farm Fresh. This poured a medium brown. Not much smell here but the taste was good and crisp. This is a very drinkable ale. There is a woody aftertaste but this is quite refreshing. I would drink this again. St George does some styles well and others so so. I will visit this brewery.

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Photo of hellomcfly
3.94/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Orcasteve for this one. Included in my secret santa haul.

Pours a clear light amber-brown. Small white head sits atop and diminishes into nothing quickly.

Sweet malts. Camamel and toffee notes. Nice nutty aroma. Inviting overall.

Very well rounded in flavor. A little bit roasty, nice caramel malts, and a nuttiness present. Also I think I detect a little bit of a citrus hop, I'm thinking cascade, that balances it out.

M - Light in body, almost a bit watery. Probably the biggest downfall of this one for me.

D - Very drinkable. I could go through several of these. Nice an sessionable.

Thanks orcasteve!

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Photo of Redrover
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Williamsburg Inn, poured into a standard shaker pint, the beer is dark gold bordering on tan & is very clear. It has a beige head with just traces of lace.

It has a fresh but slight aroma of milled grains and a bit of raisin.

Taste is also on the lighter side with very lightly roasted grains, a hint of toffee and a smidgen of dark fruit.

The mouth is also light and registers a solid 3.

It was easy to drink and my only other options were various macros and their light counterpoints, so it was an easy call to have a few.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear brown with relatively little carbonation or head. Smell is slight and malty. The flavor, however, is nice - nutty, like a good walnut, with a slight sweetness and a little woody character. The mouthfeel is thin but refreshing. This is a surprisingly drinkable beer.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: More of a deep orange than hue of brown - a little light for the style, perhaps. Head was very short and equally short-lived.

S: Buttered, toasted, whole grain bread. Light on the nuttiness.

T: Grainy toasted malts, a sweet and almost 'light citrus' flavour - like tangerine or the like. Not a citrus-hop bite, just the sweetness.

M + D: Nice and expressive without being overly prickly. Medium body, not as rich as some, but working well in this case - quite refreshing. Given a little time to warm and breathe, it gathers some added life and the flavour opens up a little more. Not too bad... perhaps not extraordinary, but tasty enough that it doesn't matter.

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Nut Brown Ale from St. George Brewing Company, The
80 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.